The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund which is outside the main school funding formula. Schools receive Pupil Premium  funding for:

  • children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children. National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.  A Service Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.  Schools decide how the Pupil Premium  is spent, but this funding should be to support these children.

Many of our families fall just outside the parameters of this benefit and as a result suffer additional hardship.  It is stated by the Government that pupil premium children underperform as a result of the poverty they are in.  It is also suggested they also are often linked to SEN and therefore the premium will also support these needs. Our pupil premium weighting is low despite other poverty measure indicators  (Such as IDACI) we clearly have parents with very low income and therefore properly described as in a similar state of deprivation after covering their household costs within a limited budget.

If we use the figures on deprivation factors from the IDACI survey we get a much wider picture of the challenges our parents face.  It is based on deprivation bands, defined by a range of indicators.  It provides a wider picture than free school meals but is not used in any way for funding the pupil premium, which we feel is unfair.  Figures are from 2014-15 and are actual families. (Not identified in the IDACI tables)


BP %

Band 1: Most deprived 20% 11 45.3 5.8
Band 2: 20-40% 140 22.9 41.2
Band 3: 40-60% 27 12.2 12.6
Band 4: 60-80% 11 8.1 11.3
Band 5: Least Deprived 20% 93 9.1 28.6
Unknown 2 2.5 0.5

The pupil premium is used to support a range of programs taught by teachers and teaching assistants.  This includes national programs and in house target groups aimed at specific children and groups to raise their achievement.  Actual costs for teachers and teaching assistants depend on what is included in this figure.  We employ additional teachers to work with groups and some specific teaching assistants trained to support specific areas.

The range of support for Pupil Premium children also includes other elements which are funded by the schools overall budget:

We have provided a breakfast club before the start of the school day, to support children and their families.

We have provided grants to enable children to participate in school journeys and trips

Our SENCO/intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support, where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential.  We have funded additional target and group teachers from the main budget as well as the pupil premium. We have bought in support from external agencies in order to meet specific children’s needs.  We run two further literacy groups before school as well.

Outcomes for pupil premium children are often measured in percentage terms but with small numbers this is not helpful.  Instead we have used actual numbers in each year group.

School Year Groups Objective No of PP Outcome Detail to follow for 15-16
Teacher Targeted support in core areas, focused group work in and out of class 51590 61243 All Achieve age related levels for each year group 9 Progress and improvement
TA Support in class 3400 4100 All Achieve age related levels for each year group  21 Targeted to need
Further literacy support (FLS)groups running before school.  



 3800 All Achieve age related levels for each year group 14

34 in all



SJ Grant to identified PP 3250 3850  5/6 Enable year 5/6 children to participate in School Journey  6
Attendance at breakfast club paid NA 1900  All Improve attendance of targeted children by offering breakfast club  5 Attend on differing days
Income  57974  66243  

We hope this easy to follow but we always welcome suggestions or ideas for improvements.

Looking at the data we are making inroads into the progress of children both pupil premium and special educational needs.  We have focused on quality support using trained teaching staff and a trained Senco (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) support teaching assistants.  Our continuing focus will be on ensuring all pupil premium children  are achieving at and above age related expectations and are ready for secondary school by year 6.  Our work has been recognised in a letter from David Laws MP about our results and work in this area:  David Laws MP

We have a new tracking system in place for all children and for children with education plans.  This will not only track progress but will also help us identify if the programs we are running are working.

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